<em>The Journey Within</em><br />

SAFF: Sunday

Here are highlights for Sunday at the third South Asian Film Festival.

published Saturday, March 4, 2017

Photo: Courtesy SAFF
Mast Qalander


Here is what to look for on the final day of the third South Asian Film Festival. All films are at the AMC Village on the Parkway in Addison.


12 p.m.

Children’s Programming

Four child-friendly shorts.


Priyanath  (10 min.)

Priyanath, the young protagonist in the film, imagines himself to be
a superhero.  And we believe there’s a bit of Priyanath in us all.
After all, who doesn’t want to be a superhero—to be smarter,
stronger, mightier, bolder and more super than we already are?


Jacob’s Pond (10 min.)

Jacob's Pond is a film about loneliness in the big city and finding an unlikely friend within its people.


Mast Qalander (15 min.)

Montek, a Sikh boy, is about to turn thirteen. While tying his turban in the morning his mother asks him what he wants for his birthday. He doesn’t respond—if he tells her what he wants, she won’t let him have it. 


Syaahi (29 min.)

Syaahi is a coming of age story of a young boy, portraying seemingly simple events of childhood, which ultimately end up leaving a lasting impression and alter one’s being.


1:15 p.m.

The Journey Within (78 min.)

Photo: Courtesy SAFF
The Journey Within


From Pakistan comes this Urdu-language documentary. In a post-9/11 world rife with conflict, a quest for self-identity leads the inspirational journey of a music show to help reclaim the rich and vast musical heritage of this region. Now one of the biggest musical venues from this side of the world, it brings together unique cultural experiences and genres, including, but not limited to folk, sufi, rock, pop and rap music. We experience this important period in music by discovering the show from its humble beginnings, living through its spirit to reach the heart of the experience. Artists unify eastern and western sounds to make music that will resonate across the globe; impacting all involved and planting the seeds for an ongoing inward reflection towards who we are as individuals and as a people.

Q&A with director Mian Adnan Ahmed


3:15 p.m.

Women’s Programming/Closing Night Film

Two shorts plus closing night feature


Photo: Courtesy SAFF
Dr. Rakhmabai


Amishi (7 min.) 

To some, Amishi is just another pregnant Indian lady walking the streets of London, but this pregnant Indian lady never keeps the babies she carries. She is just another surrogate living in a house full of other surrogate women. This is her job.


Leeches (27 min.)

In the chaotic old city of Hyderabad, 16-year old Raisa hatches a dangerous & improbable plan to save her 13-year-old younger sister from becoming a one-day bride.  The title has a double meaning, as this gripping look at sexual exploitation in modern India comes to a shocking climax that is not for the faint of heart.


Doctor Rahkmabai (124 min.)

Doctor Rakhmabai deals with the tumultuous era of 1864-1955, 90 epic years that changed Indian tradition and society and one iconic lady who was responsible for the silent revolt. Tannishta Chatterjee (Lion) stars as Dr. Rakhmabai, India’s first practicing lady doctor, and a social rebel whose life spanned this incredible era. Her many accomplishments include being at the center of a landmark legal case that resulted in the passage of Age of Consent laws in The British Empire. This is historical drama in the grand tradition, with beautiful costumes and locations, essential for students of feminist icons as well as fans of Merchant-Ivory style period productions. Based on the best-selling biography by Dr. Mohini Varde, Dr. Rakhmabai: An Odyssey.


Q&A with Tannishta Chatterjee and Leeches star Sayani Gupta. 







"All Access" Festival Pass (Feb 17 and after) - $175

Opening Night Film Only (Perot Museum) - $20

Opening Night Film & Party  (Perot Museum) - $75

Centerpiece Film Only (AMC Village on the Parkway 9) - $20

Centerpiece Film & Party (AMC Village on the Parkway 9/Saffron House) - $50

Closing Night Film (AMC Village on the Parkway 9) - $20

All other film blocks - $15

Limited tickets available at the door. Online purchases are HIGHLY encouraged. Thanks For Reading

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